Talking robot animals or panties in vending machines - Japan is always known for its great and weird ideas. Also it is the country of countless ‘yurukara’ aka cutesy mascots and anime fandom.
Photo: Ian Myles on FlickrTo prove Japan hasn't gotten behind with all the unusual things and in order to keep the crowd and also tourists entertained, a new face can be seen in the Shinjuku district of Tokyo these days.
It’s the almighty and beloved GODZILLA!!!
Photo: Fabian Reus on FlickrYou probably know who or what that is, but I am going to give a short introduction anyways:
Godzilla is a giant monster which first appeared and attacked Japan on screen in 1954.
Since then this dinosaur looking like fictional monster appeared in various movies and gained a huge popularity so that we celebrate its 60th anniversary!
The creator company Toho has teamed up with the Shinjuku ward and invested in a large project to attract more tourists (also with the Tokyo Olympics 2020 in sight) and to celebrate and promote Godzilla as its cultural ambassador. This is because according to the Shinjuku's mayor “Godzilla is the pride of Japan”.
Photo: Lucy Gutteridge on FlickrIf you are craving some Godzilla feels - then let me introduce you the new Toho Cinemas Complex and Hotel Gracery in the Kabukicho area of Shinjuku, Tokyo.
The Godzilla Hotel
Featuring a 12m tall Godzilla head replica the Hotel Gracery just newly opened its doors.
Photo: Lucy Gutteridge on FlickrFor some privacy with your favourite monster you have some really awesome hotel room choices.
- Godzilla Room:
A large room with a human sized Godzilla statue, artwork on the walls and a giant claw over the beds.
- Godzilla View Room:
These rooms have a quite standard interior but you will get a view of the replica Godzilla head from your window.
Both rooms come with special Godzilla goods you can’t purchase elsewhere.
The normal rooms are about $150 a night and the big Godzilla room is about $400 to $500 per night. (Unfortunately the Godzilla Room is already completely booked until September - keep your eyes peeled for the second reservation round for your stay after September 2015).
If you don't want to stay over night but just want to take a peek then you won’t miss out either. The 8th floor of the Toho cinema building complex features a Cafe called ‘Bonjour’ which is open from 10am to 9pm.
You can get a special collaboration dish called ‘Godzilla cake’ for about $12 and see the Godzilla head from there.
Also the Shinjuku Prince Hotel nearby is offering limited time Godzilla themed desserts in their restaurant.
If you still haven't got enough we have a new sighting of Godzilla in Roppongi!
Godzilla in Roppongi
After last years popularity it seems Godzilla has returned to the Roppongi district of Tokyo and is now rising from the ground of Tokyo Midtown Plaza.
Photo: Héctor García on FlickrYou can visit the 6.6m giant until May 24th from 11am to 9pm. There also will be a light up from 5pm to 9pm.
Photo: Fabian Reus on Flickr
Hotel Gracery Shinjuku
Directions: 3 Minute walk from JR Shinjuku Station
Address: 1-19-1 Kabukicho, Shinjuku-ku - Tokyo, Japan
Directions: 2 Minute walk from Roppongi Metro Station Exit 8
Address: 9-7-1 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo